Family Beach Session ~ Sonoma County Coast

I have to say, I really enjoyed this photography session! The beach is one of my favorite places and the family I was capturing, are dear to my heart.

My close friend Renee and her two awesome kids took a trip out to the beach on a Fall afternoon. The weather was perfect, the winds bearable and light. The sun and time of day provided that nice golden light.

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When we first got out of the car, her son got pooped on by a seagull. Poor guy! He handled it well though because he’s awesome like that! We carried on and got a few images at the top of the hill. We made our way to the beach and had a fun time throughout the session, getting great color contrast from her good outfit choices and the neutral tones of the natural environment.

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Fall and Winter are a great time to visit our local beaches. The afternoons at the Sonoma County beaches can be warm and calm, creating a great backdrop for capturing you and your loved ones! There are many ways to create varied backdrops at our several beaches, offering beautiful colors and amazing textures!

Visit my website to learn more about creating a photography session that fits your style!

I offer family, portrait, and boudoir photography and would love to sit down and plan a photography experience that works for you!

5 Most Common Reasons Women Put Off a Boudoir Session…Or Even Laugh At The Idea!

I’m glad to be finally be touching on this subject for a couple of reasons! For one, I get to inform women that their insecurities and setbacks can become the driving force and success of their shoot. For Two, I get to show that they are not alone and inform them on some common concerns most women have.

I truly believe that our experiences and influences make us who we are, therefore, there cannot be another you.. and there is beauty in that alone. We need to make it a priority to love and see ourselves for the wonderful women that we are. Here are the top 5 excuses women put off a boudoir session or disregard themselves as a candidate all together:

It's time to kick up your heels and have some fun! Celebrate YOU!

It’s time to kick up your heels and have some fun! Celebrate YOU!


  1. “I Need To Lose Weight First” — This is definitely number one so might as well get this out of the way. Most women are really concerned with not looking good in their photos, regardless of their size and weight. But self confidence, correct posing, and lighting is what really makes a photograph. Not 5 or 10 pounds. I believe each woman possesses a unique beauty that she can embrace and be proud of. And I believe she should capture that at least once in her life by having a photo session.
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  3. “I’m Too __________” — Go ahead, fill in the blank. No matter what you will have said, it’s simply not true. And it’s talking down to yourself. I could have listed 10 excuses woman make, but I decided to knock off several with just this one! There is no age or weight limit, relationship requirement, or certain level of confidence needed. You can be a 65 year old woman wanting to celebrate feeling the best in her life, or a 35 year old woman wanting to reclaim her femininity after a breakup. Boudoir is about the woman. Her femininity. Her strength. And capturing that in her images. Think about what you would say to your friend if she were considering this memorable experience and apply that to yourself. This is where your self-love comes into play!
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  5. “Sexy Lingerie And Garters Are Just Not My Style” — There is definitely a common visual most people get when they think of boudoir. It’s something usually including lingerie, and a woman on a bed. Boudoir shoots can be classy, funny, nerdy, sexy, retro, or vintage themed. Outfits range anywhere from lingerie and underwear, to t-shirt and jeans or a cozy oversized sweater. My point here is that if you saw a photograph of a woman on the beach looking confidently out at sea, she can look just as sexy as a woman laying on a bed in her underwear. The key is creating a custom shoot that fits the woman, her place in life, and is at her comfort level.
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  7. “Everyone Will See My Pictures” — Absolutely not true. Any images posted on my website or social media sites were approved by the client. You have control over which images are available for viewing on the web, which images are only for in-house portfolio, and which images are off limits to others. I do all my own retouching and prints in-house, offering full privacy to my clients. All other products are ordered through reputable and professional labs.
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  9. “I’m Awkward In Front Of The Camera And Don’t Feel Super Confident About Myself”
    –This is a big one- and not uncommon for anyone, really. And it’s not a problem.This is where my expertise comes in! The right photographer can take amazing photos of ANY woman no matter her shape or size. I coach each client throughout their entire photo shoot, taking the pressure off needing to know how to “look or act in front of the camera”.

When you consider the most common set backs and excuses, there is a pattern. Self doubt. When you book a boudoir shoot and start planning your session there is excitement and nerves. And when you show up and give it all you got, those nerves make you feel alive and sexy, and the bravery of it all gives you an empowered feeling that results in you having a successful shoot that leaves you more confident, alive, and amazing than you were prepared for!

And that is why I love boudoir photography. To be able to help someone with their self- confidence and show them a side of themselves they’ve never seen.

If you are interested in this amazing experience, please feel free to contact me! You will be happy you did!

Shooting My Very First Boudoir Session

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I wanted to share with you, my first experience shooting a boudoir style session and how I felt it was right for me. For a long time, the idea of being a boudoir photographer floated in the back of my mind. After much research and a few pep talks, I was ready to give it a try.

I have an amazing friend who trusted me to photograph her and we were both excited and nervous to do the session. I showed up at her place and she was ready, hair and makeup done to the nines! We had planned to shoot the session in her bedroom and we already had a few outfits planned.

When I went to set up, her bedroom was quite dark! I didn’t want to cancel the session so I knew I had to get creative. I quickly scanned her home to find another space that would work well and would offer me good light.

The room with the most light ended up being her child’s bedroom! She helped me set up a backdrop and move things around to make the space work. The more restrictions there were, the more my creativity had to come into play. This challenge was exciting on my end and I had my own confidence being built up throughout the shoot that I was not even expecting! I was so concentrated on making my friend feel comfortable, that I forgot about my nerves. She said her nerves slipped away quickly too and she was really enjoying the experience.

End result? We both had a great time and got some awesome shots, two are shown in this blog.

She found the experience to be exciting, empowering, and fun! She felt alive and beautiful and was interested in doing it again! I found it to be incredibly satisfying to offer her this experience and had a ton of fun doing it!

boudoirTHEN IT GOT BETTER.. After going through the images, and doing some slight retouching, we sat down and went through them together. She was happy.. she smiled.

She felt good about herself, she had more confidence in herself, and more love for herself!

I knew this was a style of photography that was here to stay with me. I am very excited to be pursuing my career in boudoir photography and making a positive change in women’s lives!

If you are interested in boudoir, but don’t think you are a candidate..stay tuned! I will soon be sharing the most common excuses women use for not being ready for a boudoir shoot and a few good reasons why you should book one now!

Much Love, Karen

The Gift of A Smile

When I first decided to make photography a business for myself and not just a hobby, I had a recurring idea that boudoir was going to be my passion and favorite style to shoot.

Coming from a career that made a positive difference in peoples lives, I wanted to continue that in my own business. For nearly a decade I worked as an orthodontic assistant, improving peoples smiles and giving them a level of confidence they once didn’t have. My love for photography and wanting to make a positive difference in peoples lives come together when I have a boudoir client. The self-confidence and self-appreciation that my client receives during a boudoir session is similar-they leave feeling better and more confident about themselves.

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I decided that I would first try all genres of photography and have an open mind to the experiences that each style brought to the table. From a wedding and engagement sessions to family, child, and newborn sessions, I kept shooting boudoir throughout, not losing that as my true passion or focus along the way. I found all sessions to be a joy, each in their own way.

When I can make a child excited to get their picture taken, or get a boy to not find the experience as daunting as he thought, I also get great pleasure in a photo shoot. When I can capture a couple in love, or a senior that is beaming of their success, it is such a joy- for me and for them!

So after a year of amazing sessions, I have learned these three things:

  1. I enjoy making people smile.
  2. Boudoir photography is my passion.
  3. I like variety and will keep doing portrait photography while focusing on boudoir.

I look forward to all the fun, silly, adventurous, and beautiful images that I will create with my clients this year!

With A Smile,

Karen